Uganda is an often-overlooked East African country, but one that offers a high concentration of incredible encounters and unique beauty. In fact, nearly the entirety of the relatively small, landlocked country is packed with breathtaking exotic locales and stunning sights.
Chief among these is the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest — described in a recent blog post below — where you can find the majority of the world’s nearly extinct mountain gorillas. Yet, Bwindi is just one example of astounding natural treasures that quite literally surround the entire country.
To help you plan your safari vacation in Uganda and embark on the perfect Uganda safari tour, make sure to take a look at these five amazing sites during your trip:
1. Murchison Falls National Park
Located near the source of one of the two tributaries of the powerful Nile, Murchison Falls is a 289 sq mi park near the shores of Lake Albert. This park is Uganda’s biggest, and it boasts the world’s strongest waterfall flow, the titular Murchison Falls.
These falls force the entirety of the White Nile’s powerful flow into a spanse just 23 feet wide, and they then plunge 141 feet below. Shoe-billed storks and other exotic waterbirds call this area home, including the rare dwarf kingfisher and the enormous Goliath heron. One can also find lions, Rothschild’s giraffe, bush elephants and Cape buffalo here.
2. Queen Elizabeth National Park
Named after the reigning queen of England, Queen Elizabeth park is a gorgeous 764 sq mi park located near the Congo border. Most famous of the attractions in this park are its tree-loving lions, whose males are known to sport striking black manes. Hippopotamuses, leopards, chimpanzees, crocodiles, cape buffalo and bush elephants are also common. The park is also notable for its volcanic formations, including many cones and crater lakes.
3. Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park is located far to the north of Uganda, in the very tip of the country located between Sudan and Kenya. This park features 557 sq mi of rugged savannah, making it the perfect spot for peaceful game drives.
In fact, many people consider this park similar to a much more remote and less crowded Kruger. The park usually only sees a dozen visitors a day, on average, making wildlife viewing much more personal and private. Zebra are extremely common here, and giraffe, cheetahs, wild dogs, elephants, leopards, and Cape buffalo can also be spotted readily.
4. Uganda National Mosque
Modern yet timeless, the Uganda National Mosque was completed in 2006, and it is a truly stunning testament to Islamic art both old and new. Its minaret is 166 feet tall, creating a striking yet beautiful presence in the skyline. You can even climb the tower on certain tours to see sweeping views of the surrounding city of Kampala.
5. Bwindi Impenetrable
Bwindi is one of the few places on the planet that feel untouched. Visiting here feels like you are being transported to another time and place. Having close, peaceful encounters with mountain gorillas also feels like being bestowed with a great honor.
You can take part in these experiences and many others when you choose a Uganda safari tour package today.
Jill Liphart for rohoyachui.com